What is Air Quality Egg? How did the idea arose?
Is a community-led air quality sensing network that gives people a way to participate in the conversation about air quality.
The Air Quality Egg is a sensor system designed to allow anyone to collect very high resolution readings of NO2 and CO concentrations outside of their home. These two gases are the most indicative elements related to urban air pollution that are sense-able by inexpensive, DIY sensors.
The Air Quality Egg is developed by a community effort, born out of groups from the Internet of Things Meetups in NYC and Amsterdam. We are designers, technologists, developers, architects, students, and artists.
Why Air Quality Egg? What are their actual benefits for the citizen?
Look outside your window — have you ever wondered what the quality of the air is out there? I mean RIGHT. OUT. THERE. 12 inches from your face. If so, you are out of luck. The air quality data collected by the government is likely sampled from far, far away and then applied to you on a regional level — not very useful from the standpoint of trying to understand or change the local dynamics of pollution that affect you. If you’re interested in joining a community of people who are going to change that, air quality egg is the right place!
In your opinion, what is civic intelligence and how is it related to your initiative?
Air quality egg gives an opportunity to smart citizens who want to “make their own data”.
Citizen generated data is going to create two big opportunities for news organizations — or for whoever steps up to fill the need.